3 wounded in a drive-by shooting at The Pike in Downtown Long Beach, three arrested
A gunman opened fire from his vehicle in front of the Hooters at the Pike in Downtown Long Beach, wounding three people Saturday evening, Long Beach Police said.
The shooting occurred at roughly 7:30 p.m; two men and a 13-year-old were standing in front of the Hooters on Aquarium Way when a car approached, opening fire and striking the three victims. The motive for the shooting remains unknown, but police believe the shooting could be gang-related.
Three “people of interest” were detained for questioning.
One of the bullets struck the Hooters restaurant door, sending guests fleeing for safety, Chief Robert Luna told the LB Post.
Officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle leaving the area and detained three possible suspects inside the car.
Officers found a firearm from inside the vehicle. In addition, police say they located multiple crime scenes with evidence collected and surveillance video from the area.
The first victim, a 23-year-old male adult, was struck in the upper torso, and he is listed in critical condition.
A second victim, an 18-year-old male adult, was struck in the upper torso, and he is listed in stable condition.
A third victim, a 13-year-old male juvenile, was struck in the lower torso, and he is listed in stable condition.
Police arrest three suspects in connection to the shooting at the Pike:
Jonathan Rodriguez-Zamora, a 23-year-old resident of Wilmington, was booked on three counts of attempted murder, one count of shooting into an inhabited dwelling, carrying a concealed weapon, and driver permitting a person to discharge a firearm from a vehicle. He is currently being held on $3,000,000 bail.
A 15-year-old male juvenile was booked for attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and shooting into an inhabited dwelling.
A 17-year-old male juvenile was booked for attempted murder, shooting into an inhabited dwelling, altering a firearm, and carrying a loaded gun on a person or in a vehicle while in a public place.
What they're saying:
The Long Beach Police Department held a briefing Saturday night: “From what I understand, it was a very chaotic scene. Thank God we had several officers on the spot, and our officers are amazing. They reacted quickly. We have someone of interest detained that we think may be responsible for this horrific crime. We have several people detained. From my understanding, at least three,” Chief Robert Luna, the Long Beach Police Chief, said.